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Naked Lunch: The Restored Text

by William S. Burroughs

Other authors: James Ghauerholz (Editor), Barry Miles (Editor)

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Since its original publication in Paris in 1959, Naked Lunch has become one of the most important novels of the twentieth century. Exerting its influence on the relationship of art and obscenity, it is one of the books that redefined not just literature but American culture. For the Burroughs enthusiast and the neophyte, this volume-that contains final-draft typescripts, numerous unpublished contemporaneous writings by Burroughs, his own later introductions to the book, and his essay on psychoactive drugs-is a valuable and fresh experience of a novel that has lost none of its relevance or satirical bite.… (more)
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This is very well written, there's no complaint there. I just can't rate this any higher because I did not enjoy this at all. The subject matter and description are stomach-churning, leaving me jaw-dropped and nauseated. I wish the author's notes had come first, because it gave much needed context for how to conceptualize what was happening. It's so bad yet you keep going back for more, like the junkie. A very creative way of portraying the experience of addiction. ( )
  KallieGrace | Oct 19, 2023 |
Moments of beautiful prose spliced with incessant, grotesque depravity. I can see the significance of the book, but for me, it started to get boring and repetitive after the 9th chapter. ( )
  Blackzowen | Oct 2, 2023 |
Ulysses for druggies. ( )
  judeprufrock | Jul 4, 2023 |
I just couldn't get into this book. I tried. I really did. Maybe I'll pick it up another day, but for now, I'm just not into it.
  bsuff | Apr 6, 2023 |
Basically genius on the level of creative energy. Prose is tight and lyrical. Certainly not a dull moment in this thing. At times rather confusing as to what’s actually going on (lots of slang and references), so I will be rereading parts. I wonder if there is a reader’s companion edition? Good stuff

AB (mostly) ( )
  jammymammu | Jan 6, 2023 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
William S. Burroughsprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bramhall, MarkNarratormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ghauerholz, JamesEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miles, BarryEditorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Woods, Charles RueCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Since its original publication in Paris in 1959, Naked Lunch has become one of the most important novels of the twentieth century. Exerting its influence on the relationship of art and obscenity, it is one of the books that redefined not just literature but American culture. For the Burroughs enthusiast and the neophyte, this volume-that contains final-draft typescripts, numerous unpublished contemporaneous writings by Burroughs, his own later introductions to the book, and his essay on psychoactive drugs-is a valuable and fresh experience of a novel that has lost none of its relevance or satirical bite.

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